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After Action Report
Date of Action: November 6, 2009
VMF-251 took off at 2302 with eight P-40B's and formed up with 9GIAP for sweep of target area, task group C83. Squadron formed up by flights:
1st Lt. Trol
2nd Lt. King 1st Lt. Bodie
Squadron climbed to maximum altitude and proceeded SW to target area to search for task group. King experienced mechanical failure at 2315. Attempted to launch again at 2323, but vanished three minutes later. Remainder of formation proceeded as planned.
Contact made with enemy aircraft over task group. Wyatt relayed target position to B-17s of LCA, then engaged. 9GIAP retained top cover while VMF-251 engaged A6Ms slightly below. Red Flight entered first with Blue Flight covering high, before entire squadron committed to action.
Wyatt shot down A6M at 2329, and a second at 2331. Coronado claimed A6M at 2333.Wyatt shot down third Zero at 2334. Bodie shot down A6M at 2335. Sidle shot down 2335. Wyatt claimed fourth A6M at 2336. Herder experienced engine failure due to unknown cause and crashed at 2338.
B-17s of LCA completed attack on task group unopposed, and returned to base for rearm and second attack. 9GIAP and VMF-251 reported target area cleared of enemy aircraft, and withdrew to rearm. En route 9GIAP redirected to A17 to assist defenders, and VMF-251 pushed for A6 for same.
Squadron arrived in time to help finish off last of attack on A6, then returned to A92. Squadron recovered successfully at 0018.